Thursday, December 28, 2006

A Lousy Christmas Tradition

Last Christmas Princess Ana came down with bronchitis and a patch of pneumonia in one lung. We made a couple of visits to the ER to get that under control. She also gave some variation of that illness to everyone in the family. We promised ourselves that this year would be better. She would be older, stronger, and we'd put her in a bubble the week before the trip so she didn't get sick.

The virus beat us to the punch. Ana came down with a cold a week and a half ago. Last Thursday she also caught a stomach bug that got her kicked out of daycare when she vomited twice. We hauled her into the doctor and thought the worst was over though when her ears and throat were clear. Friday she played hard at home all day and seemed ready to go. Saturday morning we were up before the sun and trekking to the Panhandle.

Saturday evening the family Christmas was great. Princess Ana and her cousin were the stars of a gift unwrapping bonanza. I didn't know that two little girls could make wrapping paper fly that quickly. It was a wonderful time.

Sunday morning the little miss woke up with a very high temperature, so for the second year in a row we found ourselves in the ER. We thought it wouldn't be as bad when we learned it was just one ear infected. However, Ana didn't respond to the antibiotic prescribed this time, so we packed up Tuesday morning and left before we infected the entire family again. Back in College Station the doc found both ears infected, her little chest congested, and she was wheezing due to inflammation. Armed with a bag full of medications we began nursing her back to health (antibiotic, steroid, breathing treatment, and Tylenol, oh my!).

She's responded to the new medication and a return to humid weather. Hopefully in a couple of days she'll be back at full strength so she can master her new tricycle and also guide dad on morning runs from her new jogging stroller.

I asked in the ER on Sunday if we could reserve space for next Christmas. The doctor here, knowing I'm an Aggie, also pointed out that this has happened twice now and is therefore a tradition. I think next year we'll try to break tradition by making Ana live in a giant ball starting at Halloween. She can trick or treat as a hamster and we'll just keep here in there until we've reached gramma's house in December.


Blogger Bubba's Sis said...

Awww! Poor Princess Ana!! That is NOT a good tradition - let's break that one right away!

I hope she enjoyed Christmas anyway...

10:42 PM  
Blogger Bubba's Mom said...

Nobody should have to be sick on Christmas - least of all a Princess! And this is not a tradition we want to honor!! Tim Smith, I can tell by the way you speak of this little girl that she has you right where she wants you, which is wrapped right around her little finger, of course. And, believe it or not, little princesses do grow out of these little chronic ear infections, etc. Next Christmas, she'll give you a run for your money.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

hope ana is feeling better!

10:56 AM  

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